PGA Pro Sean Fredrickson Dies Aged 48 in a Plane Crash With His Kids

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Tragic news has reached us that PGA pro Sean Fredrickson, his son and stepchildren have died. Now, his heartbroken wife has spoken out about her final moments with her family.

Here’s the full story…

The forty-eight-year-old made an impressive career for himself on the golf course.

The accident claimed the lives of Sean, his son, and stepchildren.

Sean’s wife of nine years, April, explained that the family usually waited until the end of the golf season and Labor Day to take any trips and that this was the first time they had gone away in the summer. “My husband’s in the golf industry and time off in the summer is extremely rare. So we literally never had summer vacations. This was the first time that we had gone anywhere in the summer,” she told PEOPLE.

The family traveled from Lake Oswego, Oregon, where Sean was the head PGA at the Oswego Lake Country Club, to his parent’s house in Spokane, Washington, for the 4th July holiday weekend.

So, the family went to the nearby Lake Coeur d’Alene to “play around and do something a little different.”

April explained that her husband had been wanting to do this for a while, so seized the opportunity to do it with his family while on vacation.

She says she “decided just to stay and wait for them.”

The twenty minutes turned into forty minutes, and then an hour, and then an hour and fifteen minutes.

“I left to go see if I could get ice cream or something,” she explained, “Cause I was frankly just kind of bored sitting there.”

There was still no sign of the plane.

“And that’s when I saw the 2 sheriffs,” she said. “And then the sheriffs came and got me and told me that there had been a collision, and that they didn’t know much at the time and that they were just kind of waiting to find the plane.”

2 planes collided over Coeur d’Alene Lake on Sunday afternoon at around 2:30 p.m., Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Ryan Higgins confirmed. The aircrafts were identified by the National Transportation Safety Board as a Cessna TU206G and a de Havilland DHC-2.

Along with his son and step-children.

And there are believed to be no survivors.

A further 3 occupants have been removed from the planes since they sank but KCSO sonar teams and dive teams are still working to recover the other victims from the sunken aircraft. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Sonar Team says the plane wreckage is at 127 feet below the water. The depth combined with where the remaining victims are located in the wreckage is said to be making recovery operations difficult.

April confirmed that Sean, his sixteen-year-old son Hayden and stepchildren Sofia, fifteen, and Quinn, eleven, are 4 of the victims.

April said as her family left her for their flight, “it went through my mind that this might be the last time I see my family.” Even as she took a few photos of Sean, Hayden, Sofia, and Quinn “literally right before they got on the plane,” she thought, “you know, this might be the last time I see my family.”

“Not like a serious group hug. It was more me just saying, okay, give mom a hug,” she said. “But they were already like halfway on the plane. And I kinda just gave them a hug, sent them on the plane, and started taking pictures.”

“Everyone was so excited to be on that plane… I think that, at the end of the day, they died doing what they loved which was, you know, being together. “My daughter was fifteen and she loved life, she literally loved life. “My little guy was Quinn. He was eleven and he was my best friend. He was just always in tune with what I needed.”

“I’m sad that I’m not going to be able to watch movies with my little guy anymore. I’m not gonna take my daughter to ‘say yes to the dress,’ which we had talked about and planned on,” she said. “Like, there’s so many things that I’m sad for, but at the same time, they died happy, they died on a plane doing something that was really exciting for them and they didn’t know. And so I’m just so thankful that that’s how it happened.”

“This is my next chapter. And it’s really up to me to figure out what that’s going to be. And I’m going to just do the best I can to have a life I want. “There’s nothing else I can do.”

Our thoughts are with family and friends during this unimaginable time.